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Re: Non-Fiction Book Recommendations

Post by HermitReviewer » 17 Nov 2017, 16:03

Maurice by E.M Forrester

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Post by Insightsintobooks729 » 18 Dec 2017, 15:57

"Daring to Drive" by Manal Al-Sharif is a good memoir about a Saudi woman who defies her country's traditions in order to fight for what she believes in.
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Post by Kathryn Price » 05 Jan 2018, 23:35

Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand is the nonfiction book that has affected me the most. As a Christian, his memoirs of his experiences at the hands of the Communists behind the Iron Curtain in Romania during the Cold War because of his faith is very moving for me.

Oliver Sacks' Musicophilia was a pretty good book about the psychology of sound and music to people with mental illnesses. He's written a couple of other books in that vein, too.

I also just read The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test, and the Power of Seeing by Damion Searls. The subtitle probably says it all, but I liked the in-depth biography of Hermann Rorschach's life and the evolution of the Rorschach test up until today.

My mom also keeps reminding me of a book she loves that I haven't gotten to yet, The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum. I keep meaning to read it because it sounds pretty awesome. I don't know why I haven't yet. Probably something about time constraints, but, you know.

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Post by Eva Darrington » 08 Jan 2018, 12:41

I saw that someone was wanting recs for spiritual or inspirational non-fiction. I was recently wanting something inspirational and I reread two books about nondenominational prayer that I highly recommend.

Help, Thanks, Wow, by Anne Lamott is a beautiful little book that explores the three simple prayers. Lamott is so honest and her sense of humor fuels this writing.

The second book, Illuminata, by Marianne Williamson, says prayer is practical. "To look to God is to look to the realm of consciousness that can deliver us from the pain of living." Illuminata brings prayer into daily living, with prayers on everyday topics from happiness to depression, from finding love to achieving intimacy. There are prayers to heal the soul and the body. A great read straight through, or a daily reader, this is a gem.
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Post by Whippet » 16 Jan 2018, 03:13

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Hariri. Traces the journey of humanity and humankind from prehistory to just about now. The author compacts millennia into several hundred pages and intersperses humour into an otherwise grim retelling of our collective story ... Nonfiction doesn't always push the right buttons for me but this book does.

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Post by Katerina Katapodi » 18 Jan 2018, 04:35

This book is really amazing! The ''Out of Silence'' is a really well written book, very emotional and descriptive touching one of the most contemporary problem of women nowaday, that is abuse. Here in book, it's about the typical kind of abuse, of a woman, -the hero-who experienced abuse from her husband and father of her children. It's really exciting, besides creating feelings of disgust, for people like her husband, who practice on their women the typical kind of abuse, namely beating, offending and cheating. The most amazing part of the book, is the time of her to being able to abandon this man, and separate from him. Here, we have another emotional point, the time when her children were born, and indeed they are grown, when Ruby makes the final and definitive decision to leaver her man. Thus she is cahracterized as brave and decisive.
The happiest and most encouraging point is, when she starts living again the life she deserves, and after lot of success in her professional life too! Yes, life is right finally or we can say God saved her, being righteous!!
The book is kind of teaching on women who experience all kind sof abuse from their husbands or just love mates in their life, or once in their life; and unfortunately this phenomena is frequent enough, in USA also. Abuse a woman, can be some times an awful crime, that must be punished legally. But this does not always happen.
And in this case, Ruby finally had courage to break her silene and talk to people, so her story became known, but also from which other women could take advantage in similar cases, not to let themselves suffer as Ruby. Also, the story became known to experts, psychologists or psychatrists to be able to help other women in a similar state, or even prevent many of them from suffering in the same way as Ruby. In my turn I should say, that there are indeed many other kinds of abuse, not exactly if same type, -namely from nature-not from husbands or love mates but within same parent family and brothers or sisters. As abuse has many types, like beating, threatening and blackmailing, within members of same family, sisters and step mothers for example, who for any reason, and wanting to hide their crimes, could proceed to many other types of abuse, like beating, threatening, terrifying and blackmailing her step-children for ex. or even their own natural children..etc.
CONGRATULATIONS TO RUBY, I give 4 Starts to her book!! And of course we wish, that such facts won't be happening to any women in the future..!..

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Post by Happy Moses » 18 Jan 2018, 09:52

Five people you met in heaven by Mitch Albom's it's really enjoyable

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Post by JusCally » 09 Feb 2018, 12:09

I am a big sucker for historical biographies, especially those dealing with big Renaissance players.

G.J. Meyer's Borgias: The Hidden History is such a fantastic deconstruction of the myths surrounding that family, especially with regard to the murders attributed to Lucrezia and Cesare. It also gives a ton of background information for helpful context.

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir is also fascinating, especially given just how many Anne biographies are available; this one focuses solely on the weeks leading up to Anne's trial and execution, with an in-depth look at the reasons behind her fall from grace.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII by David Starkey includes some interesting views, particularly about Henry's fifth wife Catherine Howard; I find Starkey's love of detail slightly tiresome and his tone can be off-putting, but he's a brilliant historian.

Just in case anyone loves 15th and 16th century European history as much as I do!

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Post by Arrigo_Lupori » 17 Feb 2018, 14:10

I'm reading A brief History of Nearly Everything and it is worth every moment spent on the pages. Science told in a non-scientific manner. Amazing stuff.
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Post by Libs_Books » 17 Mar 2018, 14:23

JusCally wrote:
09 Feb 2018, 12:09
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir is also fascinating, especially given just how many Anne biographies are available; this one focuses solely on the weeks leading up to Anne's trial and execution, with an in-depth look at the reasons behind her fall from grace.
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Just in case anyone loves 15th and 16th century European history as much as I do!
Well, I do love that period, though I mostly only access it through novels. However, having read Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies fairly recently, I would be interested to read a good biography of Anne Boleyn, so thanks for this recommendation.

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Post by JusCally » 22 Mar 2018, 19:31

Looooved Wolf Hall but have yet to read Bring Up the Bodies. Weir is a solid historian, and more accessible than some. If I remember correctly this book includes a rare portrait of Anne as she likely appeared at the time of her death. Bonus.

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Post by amcanelly3 » 23 Mar 2018, 21:53

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt is an amazing memoir of his childhood in poverty ridden Limerick, Ireland in the early 1900s. The only maddening thing about this memoir is that he doesn't use quotations, he writes it as if he is verbally telling it to the reader. McCourt also won a Pulitzer Prize for the book. He also wrote another memoir which is the account of him as a young immigrant in America called 'Tis but I haven't had the chance to read it yet. But I've read Angela's Ashes at least three times since I've found it.

Also, if you are into Holocaust literature, The Night by Elie Wiesel is an amazing account of his time in the camps. I cried at least twice reading that book.

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